Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 2
Life Line Screening.  Fellowship Hall, Business Hours. Pre-registration 

Saturday, May 12
Mother’s Day Banquet.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 5:00 PM

Sunday, May 13
Mother’s Day Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Sunday, May 20
Pentecost Sunday Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Thursday, June 7 – 
Saturday, June 9
2018 Florida UMC Annual Conference.  Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida.

Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day Service.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (Pastor Merritt’s last Sunday)
Metropolitan Ministry Partnership 
Still Feeds All Comers
The local partnership between RUMC, other neighborhood churches, and Metropolitan Ministry is still going strong. Every Saturday, between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM everyone is welcome to a free meal at our church. Hot food is prepared in the Metropolitan Ministry (MetroMin) kitchen downtown, and it is served piping hot at RUMC. RUMC provides drinks and deserts to go along with the three course luncheon provided by MetroMin.

The Partnership is also returning to the practice of serving a free Spaghetti Dinner every Wednesday. We will be serving spaghetti, French bread, salad, drinks, and desserts, starting at 6:00 PM.

Come join us either on Wednesday evening or at our Saturday luncheon, and feel free to bring your friends.

Come to the Mother’s Day Banquet
The United Methodist Men and the Care Committee are sponsoring a Mother’s Day Banquet on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. In addition to a catered dinner, the banquet will include many of popular traditions that you have come to enjoy in years past. These include:

  • A plant sale just in time of Spring planting.
  • Chances for gift baskets prepared by the Care Committee.
  • A talent show featuring our homegrown talent.

Tickets for this event go on sale on Sunday, April 22nd.  Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.  Get your tickets and take your mom or special someone to a joyous evening out at RUMC.

English Instruction Available
We are teaching ESOL classes to non-English speakers at RUMC. Classes are being held every Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 PM in Room 6, and there are about 12-15 mainly Hispanic students participating. All are welcome.

Come Sing with the Southern Company Chorus
RUMC is now the rehearsal location for the Southern Company Chorus, a women’s barbershop harmony group. The chorus meets at the church every Monday from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. The chorus is always looking for new members, and women of all ages are welcome! For more information, follow this link to

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Pastors Message
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups/Sunday School, 9:00 AM-9:55 AM
Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the April, 2018
BELL Newsletter from this link.
Download the Prayer Tree for 
April 15 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
Paul’s Describes Jesus’ Resurrection

I passed on to you as most important what I also received: Christ died for our sins in line with the scriptures, he was buried, and he rose on the third day in line with the scriptures. He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve, and then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at once—most of them are still alive to this day, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me, as if I were born at the wrong time.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 (CEB)
Life Line Screening Returns to RUMC

Life Line Screening will soon be returning to Riverview United Methodist Church under the sponsorship of the Florida Surgical Clinic. Life Line Screening will be held in the Crichton Fellowship Hall during the day on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Life Line uses advanced ultrasound technology to look inside your arteries for signs of plaque buildup. So, you can use test results to monitor your cardiovascular health and to take a step toward staying healthy and active. Nine out of 10 cardiovascular doctors support periodic ultrasound screen for those with key risk factors such as being aged 55 or older, having high blood pressure, having high cholesterol, having diabetes, using tobacco, or having a family history of CVD or stroke.

Life line recommends a package of four ultrasound screening, for carotid artery plaque, atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysm, and peripheral arterial disease. Especially for women, an additional osteoporosis risk assessment test is also available.

Pre-registration is required. To register for your appointment and receive a special $10 discount, you can call 1-888-653-6450 or visit this link.

The 2018 Florida Annual Conference
The 2018 Annual Conference of the Florida UMC Conference will be held from June 7-9 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The theme for the conference is “Remembering Who We Are.” As we get closer to the Conference time, additional information will be available from this website.

A highlight of the conference is the retirement ceremony for retiring clergy, including our own pastor, Pastor Merritt Waters. That ceremony will be held on Friday evening, June 8th.

Attendance at the 2018 Annual Conference is free and open to anyone who would like to attend. However, only Lay Members to the Annual Conference will have voting rights. Pastor Merritt is currently looking for a lay delegate to our church who can attend all three days of the conference. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office as soon as possible.
YouTube videos of the Easter Cantata and the Easter Sonrise Service on the River can be viewed from the Services Page.